Dying young, dying poor: a sociological examination of existential suffering among low-socioeconomic status patients.

@article{Williams2004DyingYD,
  title={Dying young, dying poor: a sociological examination of existential suffering among low-socioeconomic status patients.},
  author={Beverly Rosa Williams},
  journal={Journal of palliative medicine},
  year={2004},
  volume={7 1},
  pages={27-37}
}
Palliating the whole person requires that medicine attend more fully to the phenomenon of existential suffering. The role of social factors, in particular, is often overlooked in attempts to understand why end-of-life suffering does not always respond to physiologic, psychological, and spiritual interventions. Using qualitative data from in-depth interviews with 33 low socioeconomic status (SES) terminally ill patients with cancer, I examine how a sociological framework can provide insights on… CONTINUE READING

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